Dizziness or Loss of Balance
90 million Americans will experience dizziness or balance problems sometime in their lives. If you or a loved one experience difficulties caused by balance or dizziness, we recommend taking this simple and quick American Institute of Balance® Patient Self Quiz, which was created using common complaints and problems reported by patients.
Have you ever felt:
- A feeling of motion, spinning, or falling when moving your head quickly or changing your position, e.g. getting in and out of bed?
- Uncomfortable trying to get around in the dark?
- Walking down grocery store aisles or through the mall is upsetting?
- Your feet just won’t go where you want them?
- A sense of unsteadiness?
- A feeling you are not surefooted?
- A fear of falling or stumbling?
- Looking at moving objects such as escalators or looking out the side window of a car makes you queasy?
- Difficulty keeping your balance as you walk on different surfaces, e.g. tile to carpet?
- A feeling like you are drifting or being pulled to one side when walking?
- No one really understands how frustrating all this is?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, we recommend scheduling a vestibular (inner ear) and equilibrium (balance) evaluation with a certified hearing care provider or audiologist.
Remember to choose a provider who uses consistent and verifiable methods to properly evaluate and diagnose balance conditions and clearly answers your questions about the type of balance or dizziness issues being experienced.